13 Underrated DAREDEVIL Covers

Even covers by the greatest can be underrated…

Hey, it’s Boxing Day! Which has nothing to do with boxing. But when I do think of boxing and comics, one of the characters I immediately think of is Daredevil. (Plus, we celebrate Annie Nocenti’s DD every Christmas.)

All of which gives me an excuse to put together 13 UNDERRATED DAREDEVIL COVERS from the Silver and Bronze Ages — with Frank Miller’s arrival the cutoff point. But be prepared for plenty of Kane, Colan, Romita and other heavyweight champions!


Daredevil #14. When I look at DD covers, I look for movement. On the face of it, this is a standard battle cover, but when you check out the circuitous construction of the image, it’s almost like watching a scene on an endless loop. Groovy.

John Romita pencils, Frank Giacoia inks

Daredevil #91. I really am a sucker for rooftop battles that give you a great sense of cityscape, height and scope. Plus, you’ve got Gil Kane’s matchless sense of movement.

Gil Kane pencils, Joe Sinnott inks

Daredevil #56. On the strength of Karen Page’s dad alone. LOOK AT THAT FACE.

Gene Colan pencils, George Klein inks

Daredevil #114. You never really think of DD outside of New York, so the idea of a meet-cute with Man-Thing in the swamp is a fun testament to the notion of a shared universe and the oddities you can find.

Kane pencils, Esposito inks

Daredevil #23. Again that sense of movement. A real close shave for ol’ Hornhead.

Colan and Giacoia

Daredevil #155. Really, would it take Black Widow, Cap, the Beast and Hercules to bring down Daredevil? Not really, but Colan rocks and he sells it.

Colan pencils, Frank Springer inks

Daredevil #78. Nothing fancy. Just a good ol’ swingin’ cover. Very Batman. (Sorry.)

Herb Trimpe pencils, Frank Giacoia inks

Daredevil #94. I dig this one. It’s over the top, sure, but I like the basic “X” construction: the gigantic arms and Daredevil and Black Widow’s swooping bodies take you right into the center of the image. Bonus points for the Indestructible Man’s underlit face.

Kane pencils, Tom Palmer inks

Daredevil #121. Now, I’m no Daredevil expert but I don’t really think of him going up against Hydra. Nevertheless, that is one badass rendering of the evildoers’ logo. Add that Kane-ian action and the flames and you’ve got a bright, hard-hitting cover. (Look at the power in DD’s punch!)

Kane and Sinnott

Daredevil #108. If the Beetle shows up, chances are he’ll make a list like this.


Daredevil #137. Even after a year, Jaws Fever was still making its way into comics. Plus, I love a deathtrap that features a slide leading to certain doom.

John Buscema pencils, possible Jim Mooney inks

Daredevil #67. What, you didn’t think we’d forget Stilt-Man, did you?

Marie Severin pencils, Bill Everett inks

Daredevil #146. I’m actually not really sure this qualifies as “underrated” because this is a brilliant cover, with the compelling, multiple angles of Daredevil and Bullseye. It also presages Frank Miller’s fascination with TV screens. To me, this is the best of this crop — a bold cover from about a year before DD became the hottest comic in the biz.

Kane pencils, Dave Cockrum inks


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Credits from the Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. #23 is my favorite of the bunch. To me the best DD was during the Bronze Age. I was never a fan of Frank Miller’s work.

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  2. Gotta say DD had had some of the most bizarre villains with the wackiest outfits. Great fun though!!!

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  3. Some great choices here! That DD 121 featuring the Dreadnaught places me smack-dab in the middle of a memory bubble. That story arc was a memorable one for me.

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  4. Re: Issue 137: I see the GCD credits Mooney with the inks albeit with a question mark, but they sure look a lot more like Buscema’s own inks to me than Mooney’s.

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